One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you. (Joshua 23:10)
Why count heads? One man with God is a majority even though there be a thousand on the other side. Some times our helpers may be too many for God to work with them, as was the case with Gideon, who could do nothing until he had increased his forces by thinning out their number. But the Lord’s hosts are never too few. When God would found a nation, He called Abram alone and blessed him. When He would vanquish proud Pharaoh He used no armies, but only Moses and Aaron. The “one-man ministry”, as certain wise men call it, has been far more used of the Lord than trained bands with their officers. Did all the Israelites together slay so many as Samson alone? Saul and his hosts slew their thousands, but David his tens of thousands.
The Lord can give the enemy long odds and yet vanquish him. If we have faith, we have God with us, and what are multitudes of men? One shepherd’s dog can drive before him a great flock of sheep. If the Lord sent you, O my brother, His strength will accomplish His divine purpose. Therefore, rely on the promise, and be very courageous.
This passage is quoted from Charles Spurgeon’s collection “Faith’s Chequebook”. When our website is officially launched soon we hope to provide our own “Thought for the Week”.